Elkhart Jazz Festival Brings Encore Performance Friday

February 23, 2012

It�s only four months from the 25th annual Elkhart Jazz Festival, those who can�t wait that long can see one of those performers this weekend.

Jazz singer Joan Collaso will perform at the Lerner Theatre as part of the Elkhart Jazz Festival Encore Series. She will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday and tickets range from $15 to $30. For more information call 293-4469 or go to www.thelerner.com.

Elkhart Jazz Festival coordinator Ricky Fields said sales were slower for Collaso�s concert than they were for October�s encore performance by Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan.

�The last encore event was very successful and we�re hoping to build on that success with this encore event,� he said.

Fields said Collaso has performed at the Lerner several times and is a jazz festival favorite. Her style includes jazz, gospel and R&B. With Saturday�s show, Collaso will be paying tribute to legendary jazz singers such as Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson and Shirley Horn.

�Her repertoire is very vast,� Fields said.